Returning to Ecuador Soon

Returning to Ecuador Soon

Anzalone Ecuador Prayer Report July 2017

It’s time for us to get back to Ecuador!

This furlough has been a great experience for our family. In some ways we’ve had ample opportunity for rest, recharging, and even recreation; but in other ways it has been stressful and challenging. We have reserved tickets to Quito for August 31, so … ready or not, here we come!


  • Fellowship – Since we arrived in the USA at the end of October 2016, we have spent 12 to 16 weeks around 3 different churches that invited us to stay in homes provided to missonaries. Their generosity created much-needed stability for our family, and reduced our furlough expenses. It also created a unique bond of fellowship and sense of belonging between our children and the church. We are very grateful!
  • Safety – We have been driving a couple of 2007 vehicles with high numbers on the odometers, but we have had no breakdowns and no accidents. One of our trips with the five of us plus our grandson Crosby Taylor covered 13 states, and over 4,000 miles in 15 days! We’re thankful for God’s mercy over weary travelers.
  • Family – Joy and I are at this stage of life when we value time with our parents, children, and grandchildren over almost anything else. God has been generous with us in allowing us to spend quality time with many of our family members, to enjoy holidays together, and to make memories that we’ll treasure.


  • Goodbye and Hello – We have mixed emotions about returning to Ecuador. It is going to be hard to say goodbye to family and friends. Our parents have some serious health concerns and our adult children have challenges to face. On the other hand, we’ll be returning to our Ecuadorian brothers and sisters who love us and to the Manta church that has moved forward during our absence. Pray for us to have grace for both experiences.
  • Extra expenses – Our budget is always stretched beyond the limit! Airfare from Knoxville to Manta will have a total cost around $3,000 for our family. Recently an opportunity developed to have Carla and Matthew professionally tested in regard to their special educational needs. They will be completing the testing before we leave. The testing, plus our usual education costs at this time each year, come to over $2,000. If you’d like to help with either of these needs, you may add an additional amount to what you send through BBFI (mark it Anzalone Ecuador Special).
  • Family – We are starting our new “Multiply!” ministry. Pray for us as we create networks with pastors and churches. Pray for new visions and strategies for discipleship, servant-leadership development, and local church planting. Pray for the sale of our home and the purchase and development of a new home for hospitiality ministry. Pray for God to provide our goal of $50,000 for development of the property. Please pray about giving for this purpose.


Thank you for praying and giving.

We’re Thankful for Partner Churches

We’re Thankful for Partner Churches

Several days ago a young woman from All Nations Baptist Church in Woodhaven, NY e-mailed to say that they would be holding an international festival to emphasize missions. She and some friends had offered to represent Ecuador, and she was asking me if it would be okay to use information from our prayer letters and websites. “What a great idea! Absolutely! You may use anything you find. Check our newest website, ” As you can see in the photo they did a great job of presenting Ecuador, and representing the Anzalone family. They had attractive decorations, photos, maps, information, and even food from Ecuador.


This reminds me of the many ways our partner churches assist us. Obviously, one important way is by sending monthly offerings to support our family and ministry. These monthly offerings are sent by individual churches to Baptist Bible Fellowship International (PO Box 191, Springfield, MO 65801). All funds sent to us through BBFI are credited to our account each month. None is held for office costs or other purposes without our consent. These same churches often add additional amounts for special projects or unusual needs. (Contact us by email if you would like more information about giving for our ministry in Ecuador. There is an online donation option. Donate through BBFI)


The churches that support us, have become partners in ministry with us, so their involvement goes beyond sending money. Their prayers for us and for our ministry is very important. Some churches have prayer groups assigned to pray for us regularly. Others have designated individuals who correspond with us about our prayer needs. Some of our partner churches follow our blog, Facebook account (, Twitter (, or to stay up-to-date on our daily activities and needs.


Some churches make a regular practice of writing to us, informing us of their activities, and inviting closer communication with them. This is often a blessing, giving us an opportunity to know each other better.


When we’re on furlough, as we have been for the last several months, we get to visit some of our ministry partners, but not all of them. In many cases, the time of our visit is short, and our entire family can’t always be present, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t be faithful partners to one another, and enjoy a fruitful ministry relationship.


We’re thankful for our faithful partner churches!

Family on Furlough

Family on Furlough

We’ve been on “furlough” (sometimes called “home assignment”) for over 6 months! The time has flown by! One of the important reasons for missionary furlough is to build extended family relationships. Sometimes it is difficult to do this because of the other important things missionaries are trying to do while back in their “home” or “sending” nation. Essential travel, reporting to partner churches, healthcare needs, seeking new financial support, and recharging for future ministry all demand time and attention.

We try to spend quality time with our kids, filling memory banks of their experiences in the USA. Because of the generosity of churches that have provided us missionary housing, we’ve been able to spend significant parts of this furlough in Tennessee where we could see Joy’s parents regularly, and in Florida, where our daughter Lexi Taylor, husband Jonathan, and their kids live. We have seen them nearly every day during the past few months! During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays we were ale to see all of our grandchildren for a few days. We’ve checked in with Tony’s parents. Recently we made 2 long car trips through 18 states to see grandchildren, children, other relatives, and lifetime friends. Although these visits never seem long enough, the moments and memories are very important.

We want our children to love Ecuador. The whole family needs to feel at home there. It is also important that our kids feel known, loved, and welcomed back in the USA. It’s hard for MK’s to identify “home.” I always tell ours that home is wherever our family happens to be. I’m grateful for our extended family all over the USA for welcoming our family and loving us whether near or far.

Easter Sunday in Manta

Easter Sunday in Manta

Our dear friend, missionary Jeff Davoll, was invited to speak at Iglesia Bíblica Bautista de Manta, on Easter Sunday. He shared a picture with us, and said there was a full house! We’re happy to hear a good report and to see some of our dear brothers and sisters in the photo. It is reassuring to know that the church belongs to Jesus Christ and he is building it whether we are there or in the USA.

Happy Easter and Earthquake Anniversary

Happy Easter and Earthquake Anniversary

April 2017

Christ is Risen Indeed!

Happy Easter! What a joy it is to worship and serve Jesus Christ our Risen Lord! This April 16, is the first anniversary of the earthquake that shook Manta and the coastal region of Ecuador. It was an event that God has used to influence us and our ministry in amazing ways. A good friend recently asked me if we were “over the earthquake.” I immediately said, “No!” Then I said more hesitantly, “I don’t think we’ll ever be over it completely.” Maybe we shouldn’t be. I don’t want to be.

Acts 16:26

One Bible passage in particular has served as a theme and an inspiration to our family and our ministry. I shared it with the little group that gathered at our church building on the day after, and tried to keep it fresh on our hearts throughout the following months.

Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed (Acts 16:26).

  • Foundations Shaken – In an earthquake, buildings collapse because of faulty foundations. Earthquake experiences in life should cause us to evaluate the values and beliefs that form our foundation for life. Jesus Christ and his teachings are a solid rock upon which a wise person constructs his life (Matthew 7:24-25). Have you checked your life’s foundation?
  • Doors Open – Open doors are often equated with opportunities for ministry and border-crossing missional living. We had unprecedented opportunities to serve and speak in Jesus name. Because so many of you were giving and praying (and even coming to serve with us), we could act as Christ’s amassadors in expressing compassion, mercy, and grace. Many doors opened for the Gospel to be seen and heard. What doors for ministry has God opened for you?
  • Chains Broken – Paul, Silas, and the other prisoners were free physically, but even more amazingly, the jailer and his family were freed spiritually by the Gospel of Christ on the night of the earthquake in Philippi (Acts 16:27-34). In Manta, many in our congregation experienced greater freedom for service than ever before. Others embraced the freedom that comes through life-giving faith in Christ. Are you living in the freedom that Jesus Christ promises?

Thank you for praying and giving.

What’s Been Happening in Manta?

What’s Been Happening in Manta?

Here is some of the latest news from Iglesia Bíblica Bautista de Manta, and the new congregation in La Revancha.


A youth missions team from Pleasant Valley Baptist Church came and spent a week with the young people from IBB Manta. They made friends and had fun, but they also did ministry together, holding outreach activities in La Revancha. Pastor Darwin Moreira said that over 150 people from the community participated in the activities.


Dr. Chuck Lynch and his wife Linda came to Manta to lead a seminar on Biblical Counseling. IBB Manta was the host church, but pastors, church ministry leaders, and others were invited to attend. Dr. Lynch’s material is outstanding. It is very biblical and highly practical. He places a high value on discipleship and healthy relationships. Later in April, Dr. and Mrs. Lynch will be repeating the seminar in Latacunga.

Latest Prayer Report

Latest Prayer Report

February, 2017

12th Anniversary of our Church in Manta

Our church in Manta, Iglesia Bíblica Bautista de Manta, celebrated its 12th anniversary of ministry.  It gives us joy to see the church moving forward, continuing to grow as a community of God’s grace and service. Pastor Darwin reports that people are coming to know and follow Jesus through the ministries of the church in Manta and in La Revancha.

What will we do next?

During the past few months, many people have asked, “What will you guys be doing next?” We asked that question for over a year by prayer, in conversation with trusted friends and counselors, and as we worked with the Manta church through earthquake relief and the leadership transition. We believe that God has led us to continue our service in Ecuador in a ministry of multiplication: helping local churches multiply disciples, servant-leaders, and local churches.

How will we do it?

Here are some of the ways we plan to serve for multiplication:

• Build and strengthen relationships with pastors, churches, and ministry leaders beginning in Manta and extending throughout Ecuador.

• Provide materials and training to local churches for discipleship and leadership development; and teach or preach wherever needed in support of those ministries.

• Encourage, coach, and assist pastors and local churches to develop and implement strategies for church planting in their area.

• Give hospitality at our home to pastors, along with their wives and families, for times of respite and renewal, to meet with them for prayer, counsel, and encouragement in a relaxed setting.

• Make connections between our ministry partners in the USA and church planters in Ecuador for relationships and resources.

Where will we live?

We believe that we can be most effective by maintaining our connection to the church in Manta and serving its ministry leaders. Our family can continue to be a part of church life where we are known and loved. We would like to live in a more rural setting, but not too far from the city. When we return to Ecuador later this year, we plan to sell our home and buy property within a 30-minute drive of the city, in a more natural environment, with space for the hospitality aspects of our family ministry. We estimate that we’ll need to raise up to $50,000 for construction.

Will you pray with us about these plans for our future ministry? Will you pray for God’s guidance to the best location for our family home? Will you ask God what he would allow you to invest financially in this exciting stage of our ministry?

Thank you for praying and giving.